This was the 2012 Colts’ signature win.
The Detroit Lions had a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Andrew Luck and the Colts rallied back to complete a thrilling last-second comeback. Luck was spectacular in the final frame, and despite a mediocre performance for much of the game, Luck’s final stats were impressive.
Luck finished the game with 391 yards and four touchdowns—none bigger than the short check-down pass to Donnie Avery with zeroes on the clock to give Indianapolis the win.
Calvin Johnson is chasing Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a single season. Johnson had 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown in the contest, and he needs just 421 yards in the Lions’ final four games to break Rice’s record.
The Colts needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Lions are all but done this season. Detroit falls to 4-8 with the loss, while Indianapolis moves to 8-4 and leads the wild card race in the AFC.
Final: Indianapolis Colts 35, Detroit Lions 33